By Miriam Raftery
Photo courtesy Billy Ortiz
April 24, 2016 (Lakeside) – Yesterday morning’s Western Days Parade in Lakeside was marred by tragedy. Diana Cavender, an experienced horse trainer and member of the Escondido Mounted Posse, has died of head injuries suffered in a fall that occurred when her horse spooked while she was riding to a staging area after the parade.
Al Pfeltz, a founder of the organization, told KNSD that Cavender’s horse spooked and began to spin, then fell on the pavement despite her efforts to bring the horse under control. The horse landed on its side, knocking off Cavender, who struck her head.
Cavender died six hours after being admitted to Sharp Memorial Hospital.